Before Felix Baumgartner. Joseph Kittenger's skydive in 1960. Kittenger rose 19 miles above the earth. Even though pressurisation in his right glove went wrong and his hand swelled to twice it's size, he continued the ascent. He said "Lord, take care of me now" and then stepped off the Excelsior III. His speed reached 614mph (988km/h). Kittinger's records for the highest ascent, highest parachute jump, and fastest velocity stood for 52 years, until they were broken in 2012 by Felix Baumgartner.
Source / By Ben on Tue Jan 8 2013